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The 2023 Jim Barry Wine Show

By Friday 13 October 2023November 6th, 2023No Comments

Jim Barry Wines dominated the CCL Label 2023 Clare Valley Wine Show with 11 trophies including Best Exhibitor of Show.

Its huge trophy haul also included Best Wine of Show, Best Single Vineyard Wine and Best Vintage Section Shiraz.

This year saw the introduction of a new trophy – Best Vintage Section Grenache – which was awarded to Kenny Wine 2022 Sevenhill Grenache.

Chair of judges Nick Stock said, “It was great to be in the Clare Valley, where the focus this year was to really identify wines of true provenance, not just in the trophy winners, but across the entire field of judging.

“The results are indicative on quality wines in the region, as well as the distinctiveness and strong sense of provenance the region can deliver.

“The 2023 winners are relevant, delicious and exciting wines across every single style.

“The strength of the 2021 vintage is no secret for Clare Valley wine and in this year’s show, we saw the 2021 reds really take centre stage.

“I feel the region has reached a new level of quality with these 2021 reds.

“It is really something to celebrate.”

This year’s show attracted 40 exhibitors, with submissions of 458 entries across 24 classes.

A total of 304 medals were awarded, including 43 gold.

Trophy winners:

Best Sweet White of Show
Pauletts 2022 Alison Riesling

Best Rosé of Show
Sevenhill 2023 Inigo Grenache Rose

Best Dry White Other Than Riesling
Pikes Wines 2023 Luccio Fiano

Best Exhibition Section Riesling
2022 Vintage
Jim Barry 2022 Spring Farm Block 114 Riesling

Best Exhibition Section Riesling
2021 Vintage and Older
Jim Barry 2012 The Florita Riesling

Best Vintage Section Shiraz
Jim Barry 2021 Lodge Hill Shiraz

Best Vintage Section Cabernet Sauvignon
Jim Barry 2021 The Farm Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Vintage Section Grenache
Kenny Wine 2022 Sevenhill Grenache

Best Vintage Section Other Dry Red
Jim Barry 2021 Single Vineyard The Farm Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

Best Dry Red from Exhibition Sections
Pauletts 2020 109 Reserve Shiraz

Best Fortified Wine of Show
Crabtree Watervale Wines NV Grand Muscat

Chair of Judges Award
Jim Barry 2021 Expressions Malbec

Mick Knappstein Trophy
Best Current Vintage Riesling
Pikes Wines 2023 Traditionale Riesling

Carl Sobels Trophy
Best Vintage Section Dry Red
Jim Barry 2021 Single Vineyard The Farm Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

Best Riesling of Show
Pikes Wines 2023 Traditionale Riesling

Best Small Producer
Bourke & Travers

Best Single Vineyard Wine
Jim Barry 2021 Single Vineyard The Farm Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

Viticulturist Trophy
Peter Barry

Best Exhibitor of Show
Jim Barry Wines

Br John May Trophy | Wine of Provenance
Jaeschkes Hill River Clare Estate 2023, 2015 & 2013 Polish Hill River Riesling

Jim Barry Trophy | Best Wine of Show
Jim Barry 2021 Single Vineyard The Farm Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec

Photo: Sam, Peter and Tom Barry in 70s gear to mark the 50th release of Watervale Riesling. Pic: Matt Turner.

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